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The political world is much like a stew methinks It is a conglomeration of what has been what is and what is to become Since the dawning of the atomic age with the World War II invention of atomicnuclear war capability however this stew has taken on a whole new taste a piquancy that perhaps none of us were -- or ever will be -- truly prepared for in all of its possible mishmash No longer were the world wars to be merely strategies complete with trenches tanks and troops Since the Manhattan Project and the dawning and dropping of Little Boy and Fat Man over Hiroshima and Nagasaki respectively our world of nations has both feared and toyed with the realities of nuclear growth strength and conduct Bringing to the preparation the individual and collective perceptions and views regarding this new-age capability the moral values of the peoples generating and possessing these capabilities have in large part determined the use and non-use of this truly annihilating concoction Blended with these morals and societal standards of right and wrong mix the individual and combined interests of a people and its possessions To heighten the brew -- or perhaps balm of nuclear conduct is the all-important ingredient of alliances the influences of ones buddies -- so to speak -- on ones choices and constituent interests Finally and continually it appears thrown into the nuclear potpourri pot is the aspect of time pressures those moments in history when all ingredients are boiling the troops are hungry and the decision to serve or wait is paramount The stew that almost cost the world its world -- had it been served after stirring and simmering -- was the October 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis Poised in front of the pot were President John F Kennedy and the 12 members of his advisory team known as Ex Comm Tossed into the cauldron were those meaty nations well capable of annihilating one
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